Faculty

Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Rosemary O'Leary's research centers on public management and public policy with a focus on collaboration as a leadership and management strategy.

Associate Director and Associate Professor
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Snow Hall

Bonnie Johnson's research interests include civic bureaucracy, staff reports, television and citizen participation, planners working with city managers, and planning history and theory.

Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Dorothy Daley's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public health policy, bureaucratic politics, public participation, and collaborative decision-making.

Professor
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Blake Hall, Room 322

Sarah Deer's (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) scholarship to end violence against women focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights - she was named as a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.

Associate Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Alesha Doan's research is guided by her interests in public policy, organizations, and gender/social equity, with a focus on the development, adoption, and implementation of reproductive policies.

Charles Epp
University Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060R

Chuck Epp’s teaching and research focuses on law, social change and administrative reform, with a particular emphasis on rights and racial discrimination.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060Q

Jacob Fowles' research interests are in the areas of education policy and finance, municipal finance and financial management.

 

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060S

Heather Getha-Taylor's research interests center on the intersection between human resource management and collaborative governance.

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Affiliate Professor, Professor, Economics, Director, Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy
Snow Hall, Room 333

Donna Ginther's major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children's educational attainments.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060N

Holly Goerdel’s research focuses on public management, security governance, and the effects of privatization on democracy.

 

Associate Vice Chancellor, Edwards Campus, Associate Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Marilu Goodyear specializes in organizational analysis, organizational change, managing information and technology and public management.

Alfred Tat Kei Ho
Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060U

Alfred Tat Kei Ho's research and teaching interests focus on state and local budgeting, performance budgeting and management, citizen participation, and e-government.

Director, Public Management Center and Lecturer, School of Public Affairs and Administration
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4055

Laura Howard's work focuses on building alliances to develop and sustain human services, and she became a known strategist, expert in state financing, and cross-systems collaborator.

Rachel Krause
Associate Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060P

Rachel Krause’s research focuses on urban sustainability, particularly the adoption, diffusion, impacts of local environmental and energy policies.

Bradley Lane
Assistant Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 2019

Bradley Lane’s research interests focus on the effects of different incentives and interventions on sustainability in transportation.

Assistant Professor
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Snow Hall

Ward Lyles' interests center on interactions of humans, natural environments, and built environments, with attention to increasing sustainability and compassion through decision-making.

Professor, Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR)

Steven Maynard-Moody's research interests include social and environmental justice in the green impact zone.

Professor
785-864-3888
Snow Hall, Room 203

Kirk McClure's teaching and research examines housing market behavior and evaluates federal affordable housing programs.  He has served as a scholar in residence at HUD.

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Assistant Professor

Joel Mendez's research and teaching interests lie in the intersection between transportation, economic development, and social justice. 

Assistant Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060L

Ben Merriman's research examines issues like immigration, election law, and environmental protection, and whether the adaptive use of administrative structures can resolve policy conflicts.

Affiliate Professor

John Pierce's research has primarily focused on various dimensions of the role of citizens in democratic politics.

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Professor
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Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Reggie Robinson's research interests include administrative law, local government management, public management and leadership, and voting rights law and policy.  

 Shannon Portillo
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Programs - Edwards Campus, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060T

Shannon Portillo's research interests include social equity, organizational theory and legal mobilization with a focus on how rules and policies are carried out within public organizations. 

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Affiliate Professor

Larry Schroeder’s research interests focus on public finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and decentralized governance, particularly in developing countries.

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Snow Hall

Stacey Swearingen White's teaching and research interests focus on sustainability and environmental planning, with a recent emphasis on conditions that impel sustainability innovation. 

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Professor of Practice in Local Government Management and Urban Policy

Hannes Zacharias bridges theory and practice in the classroom and on the ground.